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Muslim converts face discrimination says new report

The report studied the challenges and concerns facing Islamic converts in the UK today Credit: PA Images

People who convert to Islam face being shunned by family and friends, and even targeted by the security services, according to a new report from Cambridge University.

Academics from the university's Centre of Islamic Studies found that many Muslim converts also suffered physical and mental abuse.

The study by the Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies examined nearly 50 Muslim converts of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and social backgrounds.

"I always joke with people that it's a bit like 'coming out' and I've discovered a lot of people who concealed this until the later stages.

I was exposed as a Muslim to friends and family inadvertently and my parents took it hard. They never came to my wedding.

I was also subject to some ridicule at work, which I now look back on as completely unacceptable in the modern world."

– Adrian (Jamal) Heath, Participant

Cambridge University receives largest ever donation

Cambridge University Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge University has received one of its largest ever donations.

35 million pounds has been given to Pembroke College from the estate of American inventor and sound pioneer Ray Dolby.

Mr Dolby received his PhD from Cambridge in 1961. Four years later he founded Dolby Laboratories in London and invented the Dolby System, a new way of recording high quality audio.

A proposed new court at the college will be named in his honour.

Ray Dolby Credit: PA

"The University of Cambridge played a pivotal role in Ray's life, both personally and professionally.

At Cambridge, he gained the formative education and insights that contributed greatly to his lifelong groundbreaking creativity, and we also began a wonderful lifetime together there."

– Dagmar Dolby, Wife of Ray Dolby

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Top prize awarded in specialist photography competition

The winner, a bullet hole pattern in liquid crystal. Credit: Cambridge University

A photography competition held by Cambridge University to showcase its engineering research has got a winner - an image of a bullet hole pattern in liquid crystal by Rachel Garsed.

Second prize went to Andrew Payne for his image of a titanium 'comet'.

Other winners included Dilek Ozgit and Andrea De Luca's image of carbon nanotubes and Kenichi Nakanishi's image of cave-like formations made from graphene.

Some of the entrants can be seen in the video below.

Cambridge scientists working on the secrets of the universe

British scientists are working around the clock in Geneva to try to recreate the high energy conditions similar to those at the start of the universe.

The power at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was recently increased and research has just restarted at the site.

Among those working at the world's largest particle accelerator are scientists from the University of Cambridge.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News correspondent David Wood

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Welsh rugby player to study for Masters degree at Cambridge University

Welsh rugby player Jamie Roberts is to study for a Masters degree in Medical Science and surgery at Cambridge University alongside his rugby duties.

Roberts has 69 caps for Wales and is already a qualified doctor after studying at Cardiff University.

"I'm also delighted and feel very privileged to have been accepted to study at Cambridge University and look forward to furthering my education part-time alongside my professional playing career. That balance in my life has served me well in the past."

– Jamie Roberts, Wales midfielder

Public to contribute to UK constitution

King College, Cambridge Credit: PA Images

People in Cambridge are being asked to draft a new UK constitution.

It's to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The event is part of a 10-week internet project to give people a direct say on how the country should be run. It takes place at Cambridge University later today.

Human rights lawyer and IPA Director Professor Conor Gearty says the lack of a formal Constitution in the UK is the basis for the crowd sourcing project.

"With the public's help, we have already agreed on a set of values which will underpin a new Constitution. It is crucial that we get the views of ordinary people and not rely on academics or politicians to dominate the debate."

– Conor Gearty
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